Get ready for Wolf Awareness Month

Since 1990, the third week of October has been proclaimed Wolf Awareness Week across the Nation to recognize the critical role wolves play in our natural landscapes and engage others in learning what they can do to promote wolf survival. Given the importance of Mexican wolves, and their precarious status in the wild, the Southwest Environmental Center has decided to celebrate Wolf Awareness Week for a full month, beginning October 15th. Here are some of the activities we have planned. Keep checking back for updates as planning progresses.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time—10/15, 1:30 pm, at the Fountain Theater in Mesilla

The first full-length, high-definition documentary film (partially filmed in New Mexico) ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. View trailer here. Special pre-film treat: Leopold scholar and former NMSU History Professor Russ Winn will describe a recent effort to pinpoint the exact location of Leopold's famous "green fire" incident in the White Mountains of Arizona.

Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators—11/4, 7:30 pm at SWEC

Can people and predators coexist? Can we afford not to? The film Lords of Nature tells the story of science now discovering the great carnivores as revitalizing forces of nature, and a society now learning tolerance for the beasts they had once banished. View trailer here.

Lobo Identification Workshop--Saturday, 11/5, 10 am
Join us for a workshop at SWEC to learn how to distinguish a Mexican wolf from coyotes, dogs and other critters by sight, tracks, and scat. If you pass the test at the end, you’ll be a certified wolf spotter! Kids welcome! Taught by wolf educator Nancy Kaminski.

Lobos at the Crossroads—11/9, at SWEC, an update on Mexican wolf recovery in the Southwest, by SWEC staff

Wolf Action Day—11/12, at various locations, aimed at getting more wolves released into the wild.  Stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, check out this cool new video of Mexican wolves at the Cincinnati Zoo.